We don’t cover climate change news a lot here on CleanTechnica, but there’s a lot of important stuff out there, and it is a key reason why CleanTechnica exists at all. Check out the top stories below for some quick climate education on this (probably abnormally hot) Sunday:
Late Wednesday night, I received a letter signed by 13 members of Congress claiming that we may be violating Exxon’s right to free speech. They’re asking that we divulge every communication with state officials and many private organizations related to our constitutional right to ask elected officials to investigate what Exxon knew about climate change and when.
Climate education in Oregon just took a big step forward. Last week, the Portland Public Schools board voted to eliminate the use of any textbooks or other materials that are “found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.”
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump has taken a pretty hard line on climate change. He has said that he is “not a great believer in man-made climate change,” has called it a “total, very expensive hoax,” and has blamed the Chinese for creating the concept “to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.” He has also threatened to renegotiate the Paris climate deal, largely seen as the world’s best chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
Speaking to an audience in California on Friday, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump told the crowd “there is no drought” in their state. Trump claimed there isn’t a real water shortage. Instead, he said, state officials are intentionally denying water to farmers in the middle of the state — choosing to reroute the water to the ocean to protect an endangered California fish called the delta smelt.
Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would renegotiate America’s role in the U.N. global climate accord, spelling potential doom for an agreement many view as a last chance to turn the tide on global warming.
If declining alternative energy prices are the hammer on fossil fuels, then the onset of climate change is the anvil.
Four young plaintiffs sued the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the Department of Environmental Protection refused to promulgate effective regulations to implement the Global Warming Solutions Act passed by the state legislature in 2008. In an opinion by Justice Cordy, the Court unanimously sided with the Conservation Law Foundation, the Massachusetts Energy Consumer Alliance, and fthe four teenage plaintiffs in asserting that DEP failed its legal obligation to enforce the 2008 law.
Executives for Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources got compensation increases worth millions of dollars as the companies went into massive debt and bankruptcy.
So much for renewable energy ruining the economy. By 2050 there will be $158 trillion in assets at risk from flooding alone — not to mention 1.3 billion people at risk — driven largely by climate change and urbanization.
One weekend this month, tens of thousands of people assembled around the world to protest the continued use of fossil fuels and demanding that those still buried in the ground remain where they are.
After seeing An Inconvenient Truth, people worldwide finally understood the reality of the climate crisis devastating our planet – and for many, it was the moment they knew they personally had to do something about it.